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Quotes - Dubya on the Presidency (2004)
(Democracy in a nutshell, with the emphasis on "nut")
I think the job of a problem is to confront problems, not to pass them on to future Presidents and future generations.
The job of a problem... That's rich. Cuba City, Wisconsin, Oct. 26, 2004
You can't lead this country if your ally in Iraq feels like you question his credibility.
Wow, I had no idea that the authority of the American presidency stems directly from Iraq, Janesville, Wisconsin, Sep. 24, 2004
I think it's very important for the American President to mean what he says. That's why I understand that the enemy could misread what I say. That's why I try to be as clearly I can.
Dubya is as "clearly" as we can hope for, I guess. Washington, D.C., Sep. 23, 2004
Probably the best reason to put me back in there is so that Laura has got four more years as the First Lady.
You said it Dubya, not me, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, May 7, 2004
And so long as I'm the President, we will be determined, steadfast, and strong as we pursue those people who kill innocent lives because they hate freedom.
As soon as he isn't the president... well, all bets are off, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2004
What the country needs is a leader who speaks clearly.
Dubya inadvertently talks himself out of a job, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 3, 2004
So that's — what — there's some ideas. And the — it's — my job is to like think beyond the immediate.
Like, for sure? [Extra info on this quote: The White House transcribed it as "So that's — those are some ideas. And my job is to think beyond the immediate." That's generous even by their standards.] Washington, D.C., Apr. 21, 2004
See, when they say, Deputy Attorney General, it means he's the number two guy at the Justice Department. He's the chief — he was the chief operating officer of the Justice Department. He was there when he heard the command given that we're at war.
Apparently Dubya can just command us into war. Whatever happened to Congress declaring war? And what's the deal with defining the meaning of Deputy Attorney General for everyone? Buffalo, New York, Apr. 20, 2004
REPORTER: You, yourself, have acknowledged that Osama bin Laden was not a central focus of the administration in the months before September 11th. "I was not on point," you told the journalist, Bob Woodward, "I didn't feel that sense of urgency." Two-and-a-half years later, do you feel any sense of personal responsibility for September 11th?
DUBYA: Let me put that quote to Woodward in context. He had asked me if I was — something about killing bin Laden. That's what the question was. And I said, compared to how I felt at the time, after the attack, I didn't have that — I also went on to say, my blood wasn't boiling, I think is what the quote said. I didn't see — I mean, I didn't have that great sense of outrage that I felt on September the 11th. I was — on that day I was angry and sad. Angry that Al Qaeda had — well, at the time — thought Al Qaeda — found out shortly thereafter it was Al Qaeda — had unleashed this attack. Sad for those who lost their life.
In other words, Osama bin Laden wasn't a central focus, Prime Time Press Conference #3, White House, Apr. 13, 2004
I laid out a doctrine that said, if you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorist. By the way, when the President says something, you better mean it. It turns out in this job — I, of course, meant it.
Presidential subject-object agreement gone awry, Appleton, Wisconsin, Mar. 30, 2004
You can't see what you think is a threat and hope it goes away. You used to could when the oceans protected us, but the lesson of September the 11th is, is when the President sees a threat, we must deal with it before it — before it comes to fruition through death on our own soils, for example.
Side note on this quote: You have to hear Dubya when he enunciates the word "fruition"... It's an experience in itself. It's too bad we don't have the audio. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar. 26, 2004
See, one of the interesting things in the Oval Office — I love to bring people into the Oval Office — right around the corner from here — and say, this is where I office.
Dubya "officing" in the White House, Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 2004
I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind.
Ain't that the truth? On NBC's "Meet the Press", Feb. 8, 2004
It's not a dictatorship in Washington, but I tried to make it one in that instance.
Chilling way to describe his executive order making faith-based groups eligible for federal subsidies, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 15, 2004
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